Marijn Dekkers, Ph.D.

Chairman, Unilever; Founder and Chairman, Novalis LifeSciences LLC

Dr. Marijn Dekkers is Founder and Chairman of Novalis LifeSciences LLC, an investment and advisory firm for the life science industry. He is also Chairman of Unilever.

From 2010 to 2016, Marijn served as Chief Executive Officer of Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany. From 2002 to 2009, he was Chief Executive Officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific in Waltham, Massachusetts. He started his career in 1985 as a research scientist at General Electric’s Corporate R&D Center in Niskayuna, New York. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), Georgetown University, and Quanterix Corporation.

Marijn received his Ph.D. and M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Eindhoven and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Radboud University, both in the Netherlands.